The hottest director around right now is in talks to get behind the camera for Marvel's Black Panther.
That director, according to Birth.Movies.Death, is Ryan Coogler, the young filmmaker behind the latest chapter in the Rocky franchise, Creed. Coogler reportedly met with the studio earlier in the fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but that first go-round didn't amount to anything.
Now, however, with the success of Creed, Coogler is back in the mix at Marvel, and the talks are getting serious. Coogler is the second black filmmaker that Marvel has approached about Black Panther, following brief conversations earlier this year with Selma's Ava Duvernay, who ultimately decided that she and Marvel weren't the right fit.
But Coogler may be a different story. The first thing you should know is that Creed, if you haven't seen it already, is awesome and may well be one of the best movies of the year. It's visceral, highly entertaining and puts a fresh spin on a franchise long thought to be out of gas. It's also very likely that Coogler has directed Sylvester Stallone, as an aged Rocky who agrees to train the son of his late opponent/friend Apollo Creed, to a possible Best Supporting Actor nomination.
More importantly, Creed is a mainstream, popular movie that has an artistic flair to it and encompasses many different worlds -- from the streets of Phildelphia's grittier neighborhoods to the heights of world-championship boxing -- while telling a straightforward, riveting and emotionally powerful story. Who wouldn't want that director to deliver their superhero movie?
Coogler can probably pick any project he wants right now, but Black Panther will let him have the chance to put a potential comic-book blockbuster on his resume and take on the not-insignificant task of helming the first movie to revolve solely around the world's first black superhero.
It's a great fit, and I hope like hell it happens. Stay tuned. We'll meet T'Challa (in the person of Chadwick Boseman) for the first time next May in Captain America: Civil War, but Black Panther comes out July 6, 2018.